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One Kind Thing

By Rachel Linden

Mar 2, 2017

“Do one kind thing each day.” This goal can seem small in light of the vast suffering in the world. It can feel inadequate, almost trite, against a backdrop of so much violence and need. But it’s a goal I try to live by. I think it’s important.

I’m a storyteller and a mom and an expat living in a country that is not her own. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the needs – those I see around me and those that fill the news – and I feel underwhelmed by my own ability to make a difference.

So I sat down and asked myself what I could do each day, concretely, to make the world a better place. There are many people doing far more than I can, and I am so grateful that they are. I wish I were among them. But for now, for this season of life, I committed to doing my act of kindness, believing that in a small way it impacts the world for good, and that many acts of kindness can have a big impact on our world.

Imagine a world where we look for opportunities to be kind, to give grace, to help others. Imagine a world where we received these things from those around us. It’s a beautiful thought, the kind of world I want to live in. I trust that my little act of kindness helps us get a tiny bit closer to that world, day by day.

Want to join me?

1 Comment

  1. A wonderful goal! Yes, I will join you.

    This can start in our own homes, where spouses and children can test, on a daily basis(or hourly or minutely) our ability to extend grace and walk in love.

    It can be in parking lots, where we let someone else have the close spot and we park farther away, or on the road, where we let a waiting motorist out of a side road.

    It can happen in the grocery store, where we offer to reach an item for someone in a motorized cart.

    Really, it is following the Golden Rule to do for others what we would love for others to do for us. Intentionally practicing this at least once a day is not only creating a good habit, it is building a mindset where the prevailing attitude of “Look out for #1” and “Me first” (which we should have outgrown after age 2) becomes “Me third”.

    My priority list: God, Others… then me.


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